Dan Favale | Sat 21/07/2018 - 05:32 EDT

NFL Schedule: Important Dates to Know for the 2018 Season and Early Super Bowl 53 Odds

NFL Schedule: Important Dates to Know for the 2018 Season and Early Super Bowl 53 Odds
Part and parcel of betting on the NFL is understanding when things are happening—big events like the start of training camp, the opening of the regular season, the trade deadline, the Super Bowl and all that good stuff. We've rallied the most important ones for you, so consider bookmarking this page and using it as a guide for 2018 NFL season.

Please note that all Super Bowl odds come courtesy of TopBet and are accurate as of July 20. These lines will change as you continue to circle back here throughout the season. So if you’re reading this after training camps have opened, consider their inclusion as nothing more than a resource to see which teams are meeting expectations, underperforming and overachieving relative to where their championship chances fell prior to August.

July 15, 2018: Soft Training Camp Openings

Yes, yes, yes. This date has technically already passed. But NFL training camps, unlike those in the NBA and NHL, are more fluid. They’re basically rolling deadlines. This is just the earliest date that players can report.

The first ones to show up are typically rookies and newly signed free agents joining different clubs. Of course, you will always get the maniacal veterans and company-man leaders who enter the fray as early as possible. There’s nothing more to do here than monitor injuries, contract situations and awai for the full-fledged batch of win totals to be released. 

August 7, 2018: Deadline For Players Under Contract To Report

Every player should have reported to camp long before this point, since the preseason opens justs a couple days from now. If they don’t, they will be subject to suspensions and fines. For those specifically on rookie scale deals, not reporting also makes it so this coming year doesn’t count toward them accruing free agency.

This all sounds more serious than it actually is. There are seldom problems unless teams are dealing with contract holdouts or trade demands. As the bettor, you’re more concerned with staying on top of injuries and beginning to invest in over/under bets on win totals.

August 9, 2018: Preseason Opens

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Preseason is an important time for NFL gamblers. No, you should not bother with betting on the outcomes of these games. They are by and larger impossible to predict. You can never tell which veterans are going to play, and who among them is going to take it seriously.

Still, these exhibitions are valuable when trying to spot unproven and young players headed for breakouts. You also need to be on high alert for injuries. It’s sad, but it’s true. Season-altering setbacks get suffered every year during the preseason. Staying on top of them ensures you won’t make the wrong call when betting Super Bowl or win total futures.

August 30, 2018: Preseason Ends

Everything noted above applies here as well. The most important thing: Continuing to tracking injuries or even returns from injuries. 

September 1, 2018: Final Roster Cuts

This is just a housekeeping day for most. If you’ve paid attention to what happened during the preseason, you will have a good feel for which fringe players are getting cut and who is sticking around. That being said, surprises are not unheard. Each and every year there seems to be at least one shocking dispatch made.

As a general rule, also try as hard as possible to have your win total bets. It is not completely taboo to wait a little while longer, but you’re going to get your best odds before the regular season kicks off. 

September 6, 2018: Regular Season Opens

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At long last, we reach the meat and potatoes of the NFL calendar. When it comes to betting on opening weekend, stick to teams you’re familiar with. The league is unpredictable no matter what to start the year; shocks and disappointments are not uncommon.

Use the coming weeks and games to get a hold on the vast majority of the league and under-the-radar Super Bowl futures. Week 1, though, is for finishing up your early-season win total bets and playing single-game outcomes on matchups between teams with which you’ve developed intimate knowledge.

October 14, 2018: NFL London Series, Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

Make note of the time difference hear so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to place a bet. Also consider exploring the prop-betting market more than you normally would for a regular season games. These neutral-field matchups are a global draw, and sportsbooks tend to break out their most expansive assortment of options for the occasion.

October 21, 2018: NFL London Series, Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Make note of the time difference hear so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to place a bet. Also consider exploring the prop-betting market more than you normally would for a regular season games. These neutral-field matchups are a global draw, and sportsbooks tend to break out their most expansive assortment of options for the occasion.

October 28, 2018: NFL London Series, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Make note of the time difference hear so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to place a bet. Also consider exploring the prop-betting market more than you normally would for a regular season games. These neutral-field matchups are a global draw, and sportsbooks tend to break out their most expansive assortment of options for the occasion. 

October 30, 2018: Trade Deadline at 4 p.m. EST

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Unlike other pro sports, such as the NBA and MLB, the NFL’s trade deadline is not a frenetic affair. Teams don’t have the flexibility to stomach major learning curves and roster overalls in the middle of the season. They are only playing through a 16-game schedule, so every single tilt counts that much more.

Most impact moves are made over the offseason for this season. Granted, with this in mind, you still want to be all over the NFL’s trade deadline. A deal or two is always struck that can tip the scales of not only the coming week’s games, but of Super Bowl futures.

Similarly important, this should be the absolute last point at which you consider investing in win totals. Sportsbooks will begin pulling them from their docket around this, and the ones that leave them live usually will not be offering anything near favorable odds. 

November 19, 2018: NFL New Mexico Series, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams

Make note of the time difference hear so that you don’t miss out on an opportunity to place a bet. Also consider exploring the prop-betting market more than you normally would for a regular season games. These neutral-field matchups are a global draw, and sportsbooks tend to break out their most expansive assortment of options for the occasion. 

December 30, 2018: Final Week of Regular Season

Chaos is bound to ensue on this date—by design. Your job as the bettor is too focus less on the single-game outcomes and more on the big picture. The last week or two of the regular season is always a special kind of unpredictable, but you have teams contending for playoff spots, teams trying to lose their way to better draft picks and then teams stuck in the middle.

Rather than tethering yourself to the run-on-the-mill lines, devote your time to keeping track of all the playoff scenarios. You should wrap up your Super Bowl futures and begin playoff prep as soon as the bracket is set.

December 31, 2018: ‘Black Monday’

Just call this the NFL’s anti-holiday. Head coaches are disposed of en masse the Monday after the final week of the regular season. The results of this firing frenzy shouldn’t impact your betting for the playoffs, but it’s worth keeping up with so you have an idea of which teams warrant some extra attention leading into the 2019 campaign.

January 5 and 6, 2019: Wild Card Weekend

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Okay, this time we really mean it: If you haven’t already placed you Super Bowl wagers for this postseason, do so before the end of Wild Card weekend. Beyond this slate of games, you should instead be focusing on individual contest lines and props.

Also, as a housekeeping note, January 6 marks the first date on which assistant coaches can interview for vacant head coaching positions with other teams. This is another event that won’t have an impact on your current betting, but it’s also good to know and keep in mind as you try figuring out what to monitor ahead of next year. 

January 12 and 13, 2019: Divisional Playoffs

Eight teams. Four games. Four survivors. Take the time this week to not only learn some 11th-hour things about the surviving squads, but also to explore the expanded field of props. Sportsbooks really tend to augment their prop-bet portfolio once the playoffs are underway. 

January 20, 2019: AFC and NFC Championship Games

Four teams. Two games. Only two teams can move on to the Super Bowl two weeks from now. Feel free to begin your prep for the big game immediately after the conference championships are determined Yoou will have 14 days until the Super Bowl, but getting an early jump at the sportsbooks can often guarantee you above-market lines as opposed to people who will submit inside three or four days of the big show.

January 27, 2019: Pro Bowl

Truthfully, the Pro Bowl is a borderline pointless experience. You never know who is actually participating, nor can you before sure how hard the players will try. Definitely do not bet on the outcome of this game; it’s way too unpredictable, even by the NFL’s standards. Bet the over/under and some props and then fully commit yourself finishing up your Super Bowl preparation. 

February 3, 2019: Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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This is it. Everything we’ve gone through has built up to this. The Super Bowl. You should have all your most important bets in long before February 3. If you don’t, be aware that kick off is usually set for sometime around 6:15 p.m. EST. You will have until then to get in your final bets. 

In the event some of your picks fall flat early on, you needn’t fret. Most reputable sportsbooks have a robust offering of live-game betting, particularly when it comes to the props section. Follow the action that way if the mood strikes.

After this, you’re done. The season is over. You’re free to begin studying up on the NFL draft, free agency and then next season, or you can join the millions of other sports gamblers who will refocus their betting affections to the NBA and NHL. 

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